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Sanford Health Podiatric Medicine and Surgery 36-Month Residency Program

Available at our Fargo location only

The Podiatric Medical and Surgical 36-Month Residency at Sanford Health is a comprehensive, three-year program that leads to certification in forefoot, rearfoot, ankle, and reconstructive surgery. Sanford Health Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency is a resource-based, competency-driven, assessment-validated program that consists of three years of postgraduate training in inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical management.

The first year of resident training is similar to an internship year, where the resident will complete most of his or her medicine based rotations. During the second and third years of training, the resident will receive mainly podiatric clinical and surgical training.

The goal of the Sanford Health Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency is to train podiatric residents, who, after three years of training at Sanford Medical Center, will have the skills and knowledge to treat a variety of podiatric conditions in the clinical setting as well as the surgical setting. The resident should exhibit integrity, sensitivity, self-motivation, and treat all patients in an ethical manner.

The program is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education and currently accepts one resident each year and is open to applicants who are graduates of an accredited podiatric medical school.

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Podiatric Residency Overview

The diverse patient mix at Sanford Health will offer podiatric residents an exceptional educational experience. Travel time is very quick between the campuses. The travel time from Southpointe clinic to the main campus is around 15 minutes, and the travel time from Southpointe clinic to the south campus is around 7 minutes.

Residency rotations

Residents complete rotations in:

  • Anesthesia
  • Behavioral Health
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • General Surgery
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Imaging
  • Nephrology
  • Orthopedics
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Rheumatology
  • Wound Clinic


Podiatric medical and surgical residents will participate daily in podiatric surgical cases. A large number and variety of surgical cases are performed at Sanford Health, including rearfoot and ankle trauma cases. There are many podiatric surgical cases scheduled each weekday, with emergent procedures performed on evenings and weekends.

Podiatric Clinic

Podiatric residents will see patients at the Southpointe Podiatry Clinic under supervision of an attending. The second and third year residents are in clinic one day per week.


Emergency Department and hospital inpatient consultations are a major component of the program. When on call, the resident is responsible for all foot and ankle consultation requests. This can include emergent or non-emergent foot and ankle trauma and infections.

Resident educational resources

  • Podiatry Section Journal Club: Held once each month. Residents have an opportunity to present pertinent findings of articles to the attending staff.
  • Orthopedic Section Journal Club: Held once each month.
  • Orthopedic Department Morbidity and Mortality Conference: Held quarterly.
  • Podiatry Section Radiology Conferences: Held once each month. Difficult cases are presented and discussed
  • "Present" lectures: The podiatric residency lecture series called "Present" is available to residents for review.
  • Library facilities: The library facility at Sanford Health is a good resource for individual study and offers podiatric and orthopedic journals. Most journals not available in paper are available through an E-journal system or through inter-library loan.
  • Cadaver labs: Held intermittently depending on availability of resources.
  • General Medical Education Lectures: General Case and Core conferences held daily from 11:30- 1:00 pm at the North Campus.
  • Research: There will be allotted time spent monthly on research. Each resident is required to have a publishable article by the completion of training.

Stipend and Benefits

Along with excellent educational opportunities, podiatric medical and surgical residents will receive full time benefits through Sanford Health including but not limited to: health and dental insurance, short/long term disability, paid time off, life insurance and employee retirement plan.

The current salary structure:

  • PGY 1: $58,985
  • PGY 2: $61,110
  • PGY 3: $63,309

Podiatry Staff Faculty

For more information on the Podiatric Medical and Surgical 36-Month Residency at Sanford Health, e-mail:

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